Munster missed out on the chance to make it an all Irish 1-2-3 at the top of the Magners League as Welsh international Ceri Sweeney booted the Dragons to a 19-12 win at Rodney Parade.
MAGNERS LEAGUE: Friday, January 5
NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 19 MUNSTER 12, Rodney Parade (Att: 4,310)
Scorers: Dragons: Try: Jamie Ringer; Con: Ceri Sweeney; Pens: Sweeney 3; Drop: Sweeney
Munster: Tries: Lifeimi Mafi 2; Con: Jeremy Manning
TIME LINE: 8 minutes - Munster try: Lifeimi Mafi - 0-5; conversion: Jeremy Manning - 0-7; 35 mins - Munster yellow card: Andy Kyriacou; 36 mins - Dragons penalty: Ceri Sweeney - 3-7; 39 mins - Munster try: Lifeimi Mafi - 3-12; conversion: missed by Eoghan Hickey - 3-12; 40+4 mins - Dragons drop goal: Ceri Sweeney - 6-12; Half-time - Dragons 6 Munster 12; 48 mins - Dragons try: Jamie Ringer - 11-12; conversion: Ceri Sweeney - 13-12; 72 mins - Munster yellow card: Donnacha Ryan; 73 mins - Dragons penalty: Ceri Sweeney - 16-12; 80+1 mins - Dragons penalty: Ceri Sweeney - 19-12; Full-time - Dragons 19 Munster 12
DRAGONS: Kevin Morgan (capt); Gareth Wyatt, Paul Emerick, Ashley Smith, Aled Brew; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Adam Black, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Colin Charvis, Jamie Ringer, Michael Owen.
Replacements used: Kieran Crawford for Daly (16 mins), Nic Fitisemanu for Owen, Alex Walker for Cooper (both 65), Andrew Hall for Gough (74), David Maddocks for Black (80). Not used: Gareth Chapman, Mike Hercus.
MUNSTER: Christian Cullen; Anthony Horgan, Lifeimi Mafi, Trevor Halstead, Ian Dowling; Jeremy Manning, Tomas O'Leary; Marcus Horan, Andy Kyriacou, Tony Buckley, Donnacha Ryan, Mick O'Driscoll, Chris Wyatt, John O'Sullivan, Anthony Foley (capt).
Replacements used: Eoghan Hickey for Manning (30 mins), Federico Pucciariello for Wyatt (40 mins-half-time), Paul O'Connell for O'Sullivan (47), Pucciariello for Horan (56), James Coughlan for Wyatt (58), Mossie Lawlor for Halstead (60), Eugene McGovern for Buckley (64), Brian O'Meara for Hickey (68)
Sin Bin: Kyriacou (Munster) (35 mins), Ryan (Munster) (72)
Referee: Andy Macpherson (Scotland)